Players
 

No. 21 of 76 in the BBC Past Doctor books series
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By:Terrance Dicks
Doctor:  6th
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Editions:  1st paperback | 2nd paperback

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Edition: 1st paperback
When:  April 1999
ISBN:0-563-55573-4
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Promising his companion, Peri, high society elegance in fin-de-siecle London, the Doctor manages to hit the right time, but the wrong place...

The TARDIS has landed on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of a Boer War skirmish. And soon the Doctor and Peri are involved in the adventures of a struggling politician and war correspondent who they know is destined for greater things — a certain Winston Churchill. But mysterious forces seem to be interfering in his potentially great career...

Arriving in London, the Doctor and Peri enter high society but find themselves in a world of intrigue populated by notorious figures from Wallis Simpson to Joachim von Ribbentrop. And behind everything, the Doctor senses the hidden hand of the Players — mysterious beings who regard human history as no more than a chess board. Can the Doctor and Peri find the right moves to defeat them — before it's too late?

Featuring the Sixth Doctor and Peri, this adventure takes place between the TV stories The Mark of the Rani and The Two Doctors.

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Edition: 2nd paperback
When:  March 2013
ISBN:978-1-84990-521-3
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Note:  One of a batch of eleven "50th anniversary reprints" being released simultaneously, one for each Doctor. The others are: Ten Little Aliens (1st Doctor), Dreams of Empire (2nd), Last of the Gaderene (3rd), Festival of Death (4th), Fear of the Dark (5th), Remembrance of the Daleks (7th), EarthWorld (8th), Only Human (9th), Beautiful Chaos (10th) and The Silent Stars Go By (11th).

Cover blurb:
Arriving on the sun-baked veldt in the middle of the Boer War, the Sixth Doctor is soon involved in the adventures of struggling politician and war correspondent Winston Churchill. Of course, he knows Churchill is destined for great things, but unseen forces seem to be interfering with Winston's historic career... The Doctor suspects the hidden hand of the Players, mysterious beings who regard human history as little more than a game. With time running out, can the Doctor find the right moves to defeat them?

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection.
Eleven classic adventures.
Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.



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